CBS has cast an actress known for her sitcom work and for a series of feature films in the title role for its new project about a female Secretary of State. TheWrap.com reports that Tea Leoni will star in the drama pilot “Madam Secretary,” which earlier this week earned a pilot order from the network.
Leoni will play the U.S. Secretary of State, a maverick who deals with a complex family life as well as international diplomacy, the story says. The project is from “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall, who is writing and executive producing, as well as executive producers Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer.
Leoni starred in the comedy series "The Naked Truth," which aired on ABC and NBC in the 1990s. She previously starred on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Flying Blind."
She has also appeared in feature films including "Deep Impact," "Jurassic Park III," "Flirting With Disaster" and "Tower Heist."